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Answers to Common Legal Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Our frequently asked questions will help answer some of the common questions our attorneys respond to on a daily basis.
From understanding the basics of the legal process to providing guidance on what to do in certain scenarios - Schiffman Firm wants to ensure that our potential clients stay informed.
What’s the difference between a lawyer and an attorney?
When it comes to the legal profession, the terms "attorney" and "lawyer" are often used interchangeably. However, there are some key differences between the two that are important to understand. In this short article we'll review the differences between the two terms so you have a better understanding of each and how they work within the legal system.
How does personal injury litigation work in Pennsylvania?
Personal injury litigation is a legal process that involves seeking compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person or entity. In Pennsylvania, personal injury lawsuits are governed by state law, as opposed to federal law - which sets forth the rules and procedures that must be followed in order to pursue a claim. If you have been injured in an accident in Pennsylvania, it is important to understand the state's laws related to personal injury litigation. In this article we'll go over some of the key areas of personal injury litigation and how it works within the state of Pennsylvania.
What is an independent contractor?
From the outside, an employee and an independent contractor may seem strikingly similar as both can provide goods and services - sometimes under the guise of a company or brand. However, the differences become extremely apparent if there is a debate on where legal responsibility lies in the event of a dispute or an act of negligence that causes a personal injury. We'll go over the difference between employees and independent contractors and provide some basic guidance on what to do if you ever find yourself involved in a legal claim against an independent contractor.
What is crash avoidance technology?
Technology keeps advancing and automakers are always looking for new ways to integrate new innovations into vehicle safety sytems. Within the last decade, crash avoidance technology has become a standard in nearly all new vehicles are equipped with some sort of feature to avoid crashes or make accidents less severe if they were to occur.
Full Coverage Insurance vs. Full Tort
Many insurance companies will advertise "Full Coverage" policies. What does a full coverage auto insurance really mean? Is it different from a full tort policy?
5 Tips For Testifying In Court
When your case or a case you may be attached to goes to court, there's a chance that you'll be called to testify in court. This is a common part of the litigation process and - sometimes - one that can make or break a case. Testifying under oath or in front of a jury can be a very stressful event, especially for those that are not accustomed to doing so. We hope that this short guide provides you with some guidance and direction and makes you more confident if you ever get called to testify in court.
5 Tips When Searching For an Attorney
Knowing what to do and how to find the right lawyer can make all of the difference and give peace of mind when struggling through a personal injury or any legal matter. In this brief guide, we'll go over some tips and offer advice if you ever find yourself needing to secure legal representation after suffering a personal injury.
State vs. Federal Court – What’s the difference?
While both are legal systems within the United States, there are major differences between state and federal courts. This guide will help go over the basics to help provide direction and insight if you ever find yourself needing to file a legal dispute.
Should I choose Full Tort or Limited Tort insurance?
In Pennsylvania, you have the option to choose Full Tort or Limited Tort insurance. What's the difference between those two options and how can they affect your claims if you find yourself in an auto accident?
What is litigation and how does it work?
Litigation doesn't always mean going to court in front of a judge and jury. Learn more about the litigation process and everything involved.